Over the last 15 years, the company Éditions du Breil has created a collection of guides to the French navigable waterways. These guides are mainly intended for the boating fraternity but they are also used by cyclists and hikers setting out to discover the waterways.
What does an EDB guide look like?
All the guides are in colour and each one contains about 100 pages. The foolscap format leaves room for a maximum amount of information on each page.
At the beginning of each guide a whole chapter gives technical details of the network covered by the guide: the various different gauges, lock operation, cruising times between the different towns, waterways by-laws.
Another section at the beginning of the guide identifies the tourist attractions easily accessible from the waterways. A list of tourist offices with their addresses and web sites will help you plan your cruise in advance.
Photos illustrate important tourist sites with an emphasis on ports and other waterways installations of interest to boaters.
A Wealth of Practical Details.
Following the waterways you will find detailed descriptions of waterside towns and all the information you need (practical and cultural) to help you enjoy your cruise.
For each town we give the day of the weekly market, a list of our favourite restaurants and sites of historical interest with a preference for sites and structures linked to the waterways.
Texts in Three Languages.
The texts are in English, German and French, each language occupying one column of the page of text.
Full page maps give precise details of navigation conditions : signs, buoys, kilometre points, shoals and other danger points. The maps are orientated so that the north is always situated at the top of the page in the same way as maritime charts.
The scale varies according to the type of waterway and the density of the information provided. Rivers are, in general, drawn at 1/25,000 and canals at 1/50,000.
The pages are illustrated with attractive images of ports and tourist attractions.
Each guide is renewed, on average, every two years. For the busier waterways, updates are even more frequent.